How to Make Money Online for Beginners

In our previous post we covered 6 ways to make money fast, in today’s post we’re going to talk about how to make money online with 3 super simple resources. You may have a plethora of things to sell at a garage or yard sale, but you may not actually have a garage, or yard, much less a neighborhood that would be ready and willing to stop and shop. That’s when you decide to sell things online, because there’s always the possibility that they might have more value than you could get at the local Good Will or Salvation Army.
But how do you start to make money online? Well, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few websites you can avail of to list your treasures.

Sell on eBay

eBay is an old classic, but you have to know how it works. Depending on what you have to offer, there are times when customers will get into a bidding war over your item and the price continues to soar until time runs out and the item is sold. Then there are times when you post the lowest asking price and it sells for just that; $0.50.

You can’t necessarily predict what you’re going to end up getting for anything you post. However, this is a great site to use for selling collectors’ items, such as unopened Action Figures or first edition Pokemon cards. You can usually start the bidding prices for these higher than you would for your scarf collection.

Sell on Etsy

You should sell on Estsy if you have anything handmade to sell. If you make your own key chains or clothes or well, anything, you can make money online by posting it on Etsy. There is no better place to sell your creative talents, as people are always searching for something new, different, unique, and quirky.

Vintage (20 years or older) also sell on Etsy. If you have vintage items though, be careful how you price. Don’t hide any imperfections on your vintage items. In fact, take pictures of the product from every angle, and especially close up on the imperfections. It will most likely still sell, but by being up front you won’t have any trouble with product misrepresentation because you’ll have proof that you displayed everything ahead of time; the missing button, the small stain, or the broken stitches.

Sell on Amazon

Almost everyone loves to buy things on Amazon but what does it take to sell on Amazon? The first key to making money online is knowing your target market. One group that’s easy to target on Amazon is students. Students love to use amazon, and not just for their student discounts. If you have books, and especially textbooks, that you’re willing to sell at a cheaper price, Amazon is the place to do it. This is the first place students will look to find the books they need for the upcoming semester, and they’re not afraid to buy used.

Selling on Amazon is not just great for students but anyone who works hard also plays hard, so it’s also a great place to sell any used DVDs, Blu-Rays or video games of any kind.

Indoor Yard Sales

Be aware that when you’re selling things online, you may have to wait a little longer before the cash is in your hands. However, social media sites like Facebook have facilitated the advent of local indoor yard sale groups. Find one or two close to you and you’ll have access to a group of local people who respond quickly and are willing to pick up their items (and save you the hassle of shipping) and pay immediately for them.

Groups like this are great forums for advertising gently used clothes, old furniture (old and shabby or fairly new, post it and see!) and unwanted décor. You’d be surprised what some people would consider a “need to have” on these sites.

Advertise your items on any and all social media sites you belong to and maybe your friends will pitch in share for you. Just remember to keep your prices reasonable and to ship efficiently for good reviews. Be sure to ask your customers to leave positive comments on your seller profiles. This will boost your reputation as a trusted seller and people will be more likely to buy from you in the future without hesitation.

And finally, if you are not shipping your item, no matter who you are selling to or what you are selling always put your safety and the safety of your family first. Where possible don’t invite customers to pick up at your home, especially if you’re alone – consider meeting in the parking lot of a busy store. If that’s not possible, have friends available to hang around until the purchase has been picked up and the customer has left.

What are some of your favorite ways to make money online? Do you like selling things on craigslist or other classified sites? Let us know in the comments section below!

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